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The Missile Gap was in essence a growing perception in the West, especially in the U.S.A., that the Soviet Union was quickly developing an intercontinental range ballistic missile (ICBM) capability earlier, in greater numbers, and with far more capability than that of the United States. Even as that perception was disproved, it became evident that the Soviets were placing their major effort toward developing strategic missiles against which, once launched, there was no defense. The perceived missile gap that ensued was based on a comparison between U.S. ICBM strength as then programmed, and reasonable, although erroneous estimates of prospective Soviet ICBM strength that were generally accepted.
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The Soviet Union was never a real threat for ballistic missiles.
The United States and Soviet Union worked together on the Missile Gap.
The Missile Gap had nothing to do with the perceptions of the U.S.A. regarding Soviet advances.
Despite erroneous thinking, the Soviet Union missile threat was still taken seriously.
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